Source: Sprint doesn't stand a chance getting regulators to agree to T-Mobile deal

Source: Sprint doesn't stand a chance getting regulators to agree to T-Mobile deal
With talk earlier in the week revealing that Sprint is still looking to raise funding for an acquisition of T-Mobile, a report published on Friday reiterates that U.S. regulators are not eager to sign off on this deal. One person close to the deal said that he doesn't see any chance of regulators giving in, basically calling the deal "dead."

Regulators' fear that by taking over T-Mobile, a consumer friendly carrier would be eliminated. The nation's fourth largest carrier, with its new innovations, has been leading the way in net new additions. Last quarter, T-Mobile added more than 2 million new customers, the most among the four major players in the states last quarter. Sprint lost 364,000 subscribers during the same period

But there is speculation that the man responsible for T-Mobile's innovations, CEO John Legere, is the top name on the list of possible CEO's to run a combined Sprint-T-Mobile. That could reduce some of the FTC's and FCC's worries. Also smoothing over any objections to the deal would be the emergence of Dish Network as a possible fifth carrier. Dish recently won some H block spectrum in an auction and it is well known that the satellite content provider's Chairman, Charles Ergen, wants to turn Dish into a wireless carrier. The FCC would love to see Dish step into T-Mobile's shoes if Sprint goes ahead with plans to buy T-Mobile.

source: NYPost

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35 Comments

1. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Two words, thank Goodness.

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

U beat me to it.

13. alouden unregistered

My thoughts exactly!

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I was gonna say that! :D

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Son-boy stands even less of a chance than Sprint. Son - can you say Not. Gonna. Happen?

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Does DT still want to divest itself from T-mobile? I had the impression that it had changed its mind with the results by the new management.

31. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I don't think so, sounds like they still want it gone

3. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

the only way i can see this work out is if the new company is called tmobile and everything that was sprint become tmobile. all of sprints prices and plans replaced with the current tmobile one.

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

As we have been saying wont happen. Softbank will probably just unload sprint on Dish who will finally fire Dan Hesse and work on the other issues of sprint like coverage.

6. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I wouldn't mind seeing Legere head up a legitimate competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile is not one, they're just not big enough. The FCC could make that a condition of the acquisition. Personally I like what T-Mobile is doing, but they have jack for coverage in my area, so I can't use them. No one is even willing to sell them here because of the lack of coverage.

7. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

HALLELUJAH!

8. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Please dont ruin the excellent T Mobile carrier with Sprint.

11. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

How would that ruin T-mobile? A larger company with more resources and more spectrum to compete with AT&T and Verizon is a bad thing? As long as Legere is running it, I don't see an issue with it.

14. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Sprint has been promising national spectrum and 4G and LTE for the last 3 years. Still not fulfilled while T Mobile has 4G everywhere and better rates and services. The simplicity of the company from the website to signing up to searching for coverage. I had Sprint since 2008 then Boost, then Virgin Mobile which all are sub Sprint companies and they all sucked in coverage.

16. Jr7188

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

You make me laugh dorian827 Do you remember wimax 4g? I bet you dont, that covered majority of the United States. When LTE came around sprint had/has been taking down those towers and replacing them with LTE capable towers. At the some time sprint had to get rid of nextel and make its frequency apart of the lte network. Now all of this takes time in my opinion its actually going faster then it could have. Ive had sprint,verizon and now i have T-Mobile, let me ask u shouldnt a major network be able to have its LTE cover all of a major US freeway like the I5? Because i can tell you T-mobile hasnt got there yet.

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Oh, cry me a river! I couldn't care less why Sprint has failed to deliver on LTE. The competition wasn't as incompetent and made the correct decisions or corrections and have delivered LTE at the expected speed and in most places.

19. Jr7188

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

key words there is "most places". Augustine if you just listen to what the commercials have to say you'll never get anywhere in this world. All four carriers have theyre issues. Sprint maybe slow in your area but in my area its fast. The only reason i moved was for the jump plan and verizon cost a crap ton to go with edge. Im not saying sprint dosnt need a new leader because they do, but Sprint & T-Mobile would benefit from the merger as would the customers of both.

21. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Better yet: Sprint goes bankrupt and its assets, like spectrum and equipment, are purchased for cents on the dollar by the better managed competitors and they grow to provide better and cheaper services to consumers. The joining of an adroit small carrier and an incompetent small carrier will cancel each other out and benefit no one.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

jr7188 sprint sucks in my area and i am on i270 12 miles above washington dc the usa capital sprint does not care they did lte in puerto rico before dc.

30. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

TMO reached 200MM pops faster than any other carrier has. WIMAX covered around 120 MM POPs, far from "the majority of the united states" as you claimed... and in many areas that were listed as covered, the coverage was awful. WIMAX devices also had the terrible quality of not switching back to WIMAX after being out of a covered area, so millions of people ran around on 3G when they THOUGHT they were on WIMAX. Sprint has been 'upgrading' for years. Its not even about 4G, WIMAX, LTE. etc. Their 3G network is pathetic, turning in speeds that would make dial up seem like a breath of fresh air. Their dropped call rates are through the roof, even in their better performing areas. Sprints network overall is a joke.. AND they're more expensive now, to boot.

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

i have had sprint since 2000 how do you think i feel cant wait to leave just need a good new phone to jump to tmobile with

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Say this does go through and Legere is the CEO. 5 years later he's canned, what options does the FCC have then?

35. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

What makes you think he's going to be with T-Mobile any longer than 5 years?

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When a company has bad management and has made bad choices over a long period of time, then there really isn't any future for that company. Sprint -- which used to be a much better company -- has been going downhill for many years. Dumb decision after dumb decision has doomed the company to mediocrity. Softbank will soon realize they need to invest more into Sprint so Sprint can buy better quality bandwidth and buy/rent more towers. And Softbank will have to fix Sprint's management team. This merger with T-Mobile would be more costly than just doing what needs to be done, just as ATT's acquisition of T-Mobile would have been. They are both bad mergers that do not address core problems.

15. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I 200% agree

12. franklin919

Posts: 9; Member since: May 02, 2014

Ahhhh a sign of fresh air.

18. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Honestly this is bad for consumers. Sprint and T-Mobile are both so small, them joining together may stand a chance against AT&T and Verizon but right now both Sprint/T-Mobile are going to die.

20. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

What do you mean by that? It's not a game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, this is business providing a service to consumers. As long as a company closes in the black it is not going to die, even if it's not the largest one. The mere existence of a larger company does not spell death to smaller ones. This is real life, not a fairy-tale about giants.

27. engineer-1701d unregistered

if verizon and att dropped prices and planes to t mobiles how many people would jump ship that day everyone, t and s would die over night thats why they need to combine but keep all of team t mobile

28. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Per your rationale: If t and s combined and verizon and att dropped prices and plans to t's, how many people would jump ship that day? t and s would die overnight. And that's why they do not need to combine.

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